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Hot Apple Crisp

This is a quick, easy, and delicious dessert that kids always love. The ingredients don't have to be exact, and you can make this with your kids at any time. Besides, when a child prepares his own food, she's a lot more willing to actually eat it.

Pan needed: 1 cast iron pan, 2 bowls to mix the ingredients

For each person being served:

Place the cast iron pan in the oven and heat the oven to 375 degrees F. When the temperature reaches 375, take the pan out of the oven and put it on your stovetop range. It will cool as you and your child prepare the ingredients, but it will still be warm by the time you put it into the oven.

Place the nuts in a dish or mortar, and let your child mash them into crumbs and pieces. While she's doing this, peel the apples, then core and slice them.

Place the apple slices into a bowl, add on the first servings of brown sugar, sugar, and flour. Let your little assistant mix them all up with her hands, so that the apples are coated. Add lemon juice (to keep the apples crisp), mix a little more.

In a second bowl, prepare the crisp: add the crushed nuts, plus the second servings of brown sugar and flour. Add the butter, and let your assistant squish it all together into a firm packing.

To avoid burning, you pack the apple mix into the cast iron pan. Observe and help your assistant (being careful not to touch the hot metal!) as she adds the crisp to the top of the apple mix: cover the top of the apple mix and press it all down, but don't worry if it comes apart. It's also okay if there are hunks of butter still in the mix, because it will melt in the oven.

Put the iron pan into the oven and bake for twenty minutes. Take it out and let it cool down for five minutes. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, and serve.